Hello 2011

January 11, 2011

So its been a seriously long time since I last posted. Life gets in the way sometimes of sharing one’s thoughts with fellow bloggers and readers. The nice thing about online blogs, is that they are always there to come back to and reconnect with the rest of the cyber world. I have to admit though that I am trying to get things right in the real world. So cyber communication is something that I do when I have the time or the inclination. But in actual fact the online world has become indispensable for most of us, as many of us work or socialise in this space. How our lives have changed in the last 20 years.

Anyways I sense that 2011 is going to be significant for many reasons. Exactly how and why, I guess I will be reflecting on in about a year from now. So welcome 2011. Lets see what you have to offer.


Bloggers for a free press

March 24, 2010

SpeakZA

Bloggers for a free press

Last week, shocking revelations concerning the activities of ANC Youth League Spokesperson Nyiko Floyd Shivambu came to the fore. According to a letter published in various news outlets, a complaint was laid by 19 political journalists with the secretary-general of the ANC, against Shivambu. This complaint letter detailed attempts by Shivambu to leak a dossier to certain journalists, purporting to expose the money-laundering practices of Dumisani Lubisi, a journalist at City Press. The letter also detailed the intimidation that followed when these journalists refused to publish these revelations.

We condemn in the strongest possible terms the reprisals against journalists by Shivambu. His actions constitute a blatant attack on media freedom and a grave infringement on constitutional rights. It is a disturbing step towards dictatorial rule in South Africa.

We call on the ANC and the ANC Youth League to distance themselves from the actions of Shivambu. The media have, time and again, been a vital democratic safeguard by exposing the actions of individuals who have abused their positions of power for personal and political gain.

The press have played a vital role in the liberation struggle, operating under difficult and often dangerous conditions to document some of the most crucial moments in the struggle against apartheid. It is therefore distressing to note that certain people within the ruling party are willing to maliciously target journalists by invading their privacy and threatening their colleagues in a bid to silence them in their legitimate work.

We also note the breathtaking hubris displayed by Shivambu and ANC Youth League President Julius Malema in their response to the letter of complaint. Shivambu and Malema clearly have no respect for the media and the rights afforded to the media by the Constitution of South Africa. Such a response serves only to reinforce the position that the motive for leaking the so-called dossier was not a legitimate concern, but an insolent effort to intimidate and bully a journalist who had exposed embarrassing information about the youth league president.

We urge the ANC as a whole to reaffirm its commitment to media freedom and other constitutional rights we enjoy as a country.

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My encounter with Norman Finkelstein

August 23, 2009

It takes an incredible amount of courage to do what Norman Finkelstein has done with his life. From the time he chose to “interrogate” Zionism as his phd topic, life has not been easy, especially as an academic. But I imagine it must have been quite a challenge from the start, being the son of holocaust survivors, and the way in which this fact has made him who he is.

I can’t claim to know the man in any profound way from just a few days of conversation, but I can say with certainty that he is no ordinary individual. His quiet dignified manner belies the passionate intensity of his deep conviction about the injustices that have been done to the Palestinian people, and his committment to making a substantive difference to their lives. He speaks in a measured  manner, but underneath the professorial demeanour, beats the heart of a true activist, a comrade who will stand in front of an Israeli army tank if needs be (well ok, I am assuming this, but I doubt that I am far from the truth), to make his point.

My encounter with him, was like one who has been seeking for the light, in Plato’s simile of the cave and has finally found it, staggering out from the illusion of the shadows. I have always known that I was committed about Palestine, but my convictions pale in comparison when measured against the sacrifices that Norman has made for the cause. And what makes him stand out from the masses, is that he is like a soldier willing to take a bullet with such humility and  certainty of his true purpose, that you cannot but salute the integrity of the man.

He has I believe, more than most in the contemporary era, taken on the intellectual and political task that will begin the unravelling of the Zionist project, which has been the bane of humanity for the last century. Several generations have been destroyed in the effort to create a militarised ethnic enclave for the Jewish people, many of whom have distanced themselves from this mythical homeland, which has only brought death and destruction to the global community, in various ways.

He claims that Gandhi inspires him in many ways. I suspect if the Mahatma were still alive, he would say the same about Norman Finkelstein.


When words dry up

May 20, 2009

Sometimes words like tears dry up, and one is left looking at a blank space, willing the blackness of characters, symbols and squiggles to appear, but they don’t. There is no real reason why this happens, it just does occasionally. And even if the black symbols do appear, they are not quite what one had hoped for. This is the space that I have been inhabiting for a while. Its not quite writers block, nor is it an inability to say what I want to say.  Perhaps one can describe it more like a retreat from the busy – ness of the written world, inhabited by spell checks, editing tools and peer reviews.

It is not the case that I have not been writing, but it has been a somewhat dislocated and fragmented chiselling of words, that have often produced unfinished and incomplete chunks of roughly sculpted material.

But heres to rediscovering a beautiful piece of artwork hiding within something not quite yet finished.